Forecast discussion: As of 4:30 p.m., central and southern Rhode Island is experiencing snow showers moving through the region. This will continue for the next couple of hours. I am not expecting any snowfall, except for a coating to an inch. Thanks to the cloudy skies right now, temperatures this evening will not be as cold as Saturday night. Also, winds turning to the west will provide us with temperatures actually increasing through the overnight hours.
So, we will see the chance at some snow showers during the end of the morning commute, before seeing a mix of snowflakes and raindrops. Then, it will turn to just showers by the late morning. We will see high temperatures in the lower 40’s, but it will remain breezy. By tomorrow night, a new Arctic front will move through New England, helping to drop temperatures back into the lower teens.
The Arctic air will remain over us for the next couple of days, as temperatures struggle into the lower 20’s Tuesday and Wednesday, with lows in the lower teens. Some areas may fall into the upper single digits, especially north and west of Providence. By Thursday, temperatures will rebound, as the jet stream begins to straighten out. This will allow for some warmer air from the south to move back towards the north. A weak cold front will pass over us on Thursday night, and may produce some isolated snow showers in the evening. However, the American model is keeping the air drier than last night’s model run. Partly to mostly sunny skies is expected for the rest of Friday.
We will enter the next weekend with a slight chance at some snow showers Saturday night. The low over the Tennessee River Valley in last night’s model run is now further west, and high pressure ridging keeps the precipitation away from New England. This means we will see dry weather for next Sunday. Also, in New York, the Super Bowl looks cold, but dry. However, this is seven days away, so things may change.
72 hour forecast:
Tonight: Overcast skies and warmer with flurries by 4 a.m. We will see a low of 22 with temperatures rising through the overnight.
Monday: Snow showers by 8 a.m. before changing to rain showers. Precipitation ends by 5 p.m. A coating to an inch is possible before changing to rain. We will see a high of 42 with westerly winds of 13-17 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy and much colder with a low of 12. Winds will come from the west at 8-11 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 20.Wind chills will be near zero.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy and colder with a low of 10.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high of 23.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 12.
Thursday: Mostly sunny through noon, with increasing clouds in the afternoon. Snow showers are possible after 9 p.m. Highs 27-30, lows 17-20.
Friday: Isolated snow showers end by mid-morning, with partly sunny skies. Highs 33-36, lows 20-23.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with possible snow showers in the evening. Highs 33-36, lows 20-23.
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs 33-36, lows 17-20.